Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Dick Pederson Story 

Overwhelmed girl takes on her father's responsibility as man of the house after he passes. She cares for her pregnant mother and 5 sisters and is suspicious of a young drifter who joins the train and pays too much attention to the girls.


Virgil W. Vogel


Marje Blood (story), Leonard Praskins (teleplay and television story)




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
James MacArthur ... Dick Pederson
Anne Helm ... Janey Cutler
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Alice Frost ... Mrs. Cutler
Nora Marlowe Nora Marlowe ... Rebecca Brewer
Monique Vermont Monique Vermont ... Cassie Cutler
Cindy Carol ... Renie Cutler (as Carol Sydes)
Susie Mathers Susie Mathers ... Ellie Mathers
Betsy Robinson Betsy Robinson ... Vicky Cutler
I. Stanford Jolley ... Pederson


Given the rough period the wagon train has been having, Chris decides it is time for a hoedown to pick up everyone's spirits. However, he notices young Janey Cutler and Dick Pederson are not at the dance so he checks on them. Janey with a smudged face is busy handling the chores at the wagon she shares with her pregnant mother who is close to full-term and five younger sisters. Mrs. Cutler's husband has passed away so Janey has tried to pick up the slack created by her father's death. Chris tries to persuade her to attend the dance but she is busy with the chores and a mother who can't due much due to her condition. Meanwhile, Dick is off playing with Janey's younger sisters which seems suspicious to Janey. Why would a nearly adult man want to play young girl's games. Janey wants Dick to stay away from her and especially her sisters. When Janey's sisters start falling sick one by one with diphtheria, Dick volunteers to drive their isolated wagon even though he has no immunity. Mrs. ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Bound boy
6 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

James MacArthur stars here in the title role as a runaway kid who joins the Wagon Train and stays pretty aloof from the rest of the passengers. Save for Anne Helm's sisters whom he gravitates to.

Helm doesn't like him or so she let's on. She's got to be both parents to her five younger sisters with her mother ailing and pregnant and her father killed en route to California. MacArthur she sees as shiftless and no good and a bit strange hanging around her family.

What we eventually learn is that MacArthur was an indentured kid which perennial western villain I. Stanford Jolley bought from an orphanage and treated as a slave.

What MacArthur does do is help Helm and her family through a very serious crisis affecting all of them. The young man proves his worth.

Nice performances by MacArthur and Helm and I. Stanford Jolley as well. Just being bound to Jolley is enough reason for anyone to flee.

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